Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

SENSE Forest walk with Shinrin Yoku and Soul Voice®

Date: 22 March 2019
Time: 15:30 - 18:30
Location: Gathering Place: Train Station Ede-Wageningen, Centre side

High workload, perfectionism, procrastination, comparison with others and many other issues can make you feel stressed during your PhD. They consciously or unconsciously drain your energy. We can either feel victimised by that, or decide to create a more pleasant PhD life ourselves. How? By joining the upcoming SENSE forest walk, in which you will be introduced to two interesting methods to stimulate a healthy body and mind: Shinrin Yoku and Soul Voice®.


From the train station we will walk to the Sysseltse woods. Writer and meditation teacher Beitske Bouwman will guide us to experience Shinrin Yoku. SENSE PhD candidate and Soul Voice® practitioner in training Viola Bennink will introduce us to Soul Voice®. We will end up at the train station again around 18:30. The forest workshops will be paid by SENSE. Afterwards, there is the option to join for dinner at Pizza&Pizza (own expense) á EUR17 p.p. for three courses (breads, pizza, tiramisu/coffee/tea).

The Art of Forest Bathing: healthy for body and mind

The Japanese do know it for sure: diving into the forest once a week is very healthy for body and mind. Scientific research performed by Yoshifumi Miyazaki (2018) recently confirmed this. Forest Bathing - or Shinrin Yoku as the Japanese call it - reduces stress, empowers the immune system and has a positive effect on wellbeing in general.

More than sixty pathways are developed in Japan already. Companies organise Shinrin Yoku afternoons and send their employees into the woods to stimulate a healthy body and mind. The Shinrin Yoku's are lead by a Shinrin Yoku guide who knows how to connect with nature. Easy meditations lead the participants to a better understanding of nature around them and the way human beings are connected to it. The meditations in nature stimulate energy through the body and are relaxing experiences for the mind.

It can even give inspiration or stimulate creative thoughts. Writer and meditation teacher Beitske Bouwman is guiding Shinrin Yoku tours in the Netherlands. She works together with National Park 'De Hoge Veluwe'. She practiced meditation for more than twenty years and loves to write her novels in a tiny house in the woods. She inspires people to connect with nature and discover the healthy and inspiring aspects of it.

Liberate the voice to experience your ultimate potential

The voice therapy technique called Soul Voice® can help you to identify the root cause of your stress, to release it by making sounds and to implement new insights in your daily life to enhance your well being. The workshop starts with a simple 'a' sound and ends up with a lively 'jabbertalk'. Any discomfort to play around with your voice will quickly belong to the past, so you can lightly reside in self-examination. You don't have to be able to sing. Everybody can do it!

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